Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
My honey has a new sweater!
The Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory Designs. I'm thrilled with the results.
My biggest kudos go to the instructions and pattern markings for the neckline. I was so thrilled with how perfectly everything lined up, and how easy it was.
I followed the Finlayson Sewalong and completed the sweater in 1 evening (cutting was complete the day before).
This is a great project.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Overnight, I kicked myself for balking at the $5.99 price tag, and finally 2 days later I broke down and rushed over on my lunch hour to buy the fabric. I reasoned that my 10 month old was someday going to be a 3 year old who would want a dinosaur costume.
And, the fabric became a part of my stash. It was stacked on top of the bin that holds the remnants of my prom dress fabric (26 years ago) and some Nova Scotia tartan that I bought at a garage sale 5 years ago.
My stash in recent years has been augmented by thrift store, garage sale, and kijiji finds. I have been having fun with the penny fabric and making lots of little outfits for my niece. I am severely limited in my disposable income, and my foraging provides a satisfying shopper's high.
Just a few weeks ago Patternreview.com announced a contest on their site that will run for 4, 1 week sessions. Each week participants will have a set number of days to produce a project identified at the start of the block of days. I signed up for the challenge and when the first week's project was announced, an A line skirt, I started researching and pinning until I found the right combination of information and felt I could draft a skirt pattern from scratch.
Just before the contest project #1 announcement I spent a day shopping with my best friend, and dragged her to Danier and had her try on a bunch of outfits so I could vicariously experience the fashion I loved. (Remember, I have a 10 month old). When she caught her flight back home, a beautiful pair of leather pants in her baggage, I sighed sadly for more than one reason.
So I decided I needed to come up with something special for Project #1 and I was surveying my stash for a winning fabric. Something unusual. Something not too conservative. Something....
I wonder a little if the dinosaur skirt was meant to be:
My favorite new word is findings and I have made it a game lately of buying up bags of buttons and zippers from the wall at Value Village. I must have bought a bag of zippers from the same lot that the dinosaur fabric came from: there were two exact match zippers in my stash. One is a perfect 20 cm invisible zipper.
48 hours until the submission "review" is due. And I have a lovely dinosaur skirt.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
- While trying on the garment measured the distance from the top of the unfinished garment to where the top of the waistband would sit - this is the width of the waistband.
- Measured the garment circumference at the waistline
- Added overlap for the opening
- Divided waistline by 8
- Drew 8 rectangles 1/8 garment circumference wide x width of waistband tall AND
- Added a 1cm allowance on one side of the rectangles (for overlap for taping)
- Measured my waistline
- Subtracted my waist measurement from the garment measurement
- Divided the Variance by 8
- Overlapped the top edge of each rectangle by 1/8 the Variance
- Taped the overlapping rectangles to paper
- Used a Seam Gauge to draw in the seam allowance to draft the final pattern piece
- You cannot expect to do this and not get some on you face, clothes, hands, towel, tub or baby.
- You should make sure, AHEAD OF TIME, that the baby can't get into anything you would normally take away from him.
- Time moves at an exponentially slower pace as you count-down 25 minutes.
- This is not the time to multi-task, but I was able to sort the clean laundry and get it ready to put it away, and play with the baby.
- Baby steps are best when adjusting your hair colour. This was enough - it's a little reddish right now. I am glad that it fades away. There is an extended undo.
- I might do this again, but I didn't like the tingling on my scalp.
- I am really glad I did a test spot first - I would have stressed about the tingling scalp if I hadn't made sure I wasn't allergic first.
- I am SUPER GLAD I am also testing Sawmill Creek Wine (also #GotItFree) - Colouring my hair was a big step for me - but it really was Nice and Easy.